The City of Harrison Streets Department has been hard at work maintaining City roads and public parking lots during recent winter storms.
To prepare for last week’s winter storm, the Department’s eight employees performed light maintenance on equipment. The crew arrived to work Thursday morning (Feb. 3) as sleet was coating the streets. Hamilton County declared a Level 2 Snow Alert as several inches of sleet accumulated and turned to ice. The team worked around the clock, driving some roads more than a dozen times.
"We have a great group of experienced drivers," said Lead Man Dave Perkins, who has worked at the City through 19 winters. "Every storm is different and this was a bad one."
The City’s 45 miles of roadway are divided into six routes for salting and plowing. Each route takes one to two hours to complete.
Some residents expressed their appreciation to Streets Department workers via Facebook.
"Be safe out there!" wrote Jeannie Jeffries-Watson. "Thank you for keeping the roads safe for residents!"
The Streets Department got some practice for the big storm just a week prior. On Friday, Jan. 28, unanticipated snow accumulation presented an interesting challenge as crews tackled the roads during the evening commute.
The City maintains a fleet of six dump trucks for plowing and salting City streets and public parking lots. Two pick-up trucks are also equipped with snow plows. The City stocks about 700 tons of salt each winter in addition to calcium chloride, which is used when road surface temperatures fall below 18 degrees F.
During any snow event, the City advises residents to follow these guidelines:
- Avoid driving as much as possible. The fewer vehicles that are on the road, the more quickly crews can treat and plow.
- Do not park on the street. Vehicles along the curb make it difficult to plows to be effective.
- Avoid pushing or blowing snow from driveway and sidewalk onto the roads.
- Allow a three foot area around fire hydrants so they can be accessed in case of emergency.
- Subscribe to Alert Hamilton County for continuous updates and use the City's Notify Me tool for localized notifications.
Streets Department employees change the blade on a snow plow.
Salt is poured into one of the City's snow plow trucks.